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THE EYE AND COVID-19: PROVIDING FACTS, NOT FEARS

The worldwide outbreak of the severe and acute respiratory coronavirus disease (COVID-19) caused by the coronavirus strain SARS-CoV-2 is currently the focal point of discussion due to the suffering this syndrome is causing to humanity. However, the ophthalmological implications of this syndrome have not yet been well described. Both eyes …

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CHINA’S VACCINE STORY

China has been among the first in the world to effectively stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the country, and because of this, the government has been able to take its time over the development of a vaccine. This is in contrast to Western and other nations, where the development …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in the USA

In the United States, President Trump launched Operation Warp Speed in May 2020 to fast-track development, testing, regulatory approval, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The U.S. has booked hundreds of millions of doses of vaccine candidates in advance, and at least the initial vaccinations will be available to all Americans …

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Distributing the Vaccine

“(It will be) the largest and most complex global logistics operation ever undertaken”—IATA Rich countries like the United States and European nations have booked in advance billions of COVID-19 vaccine doses from several companies, even if they are in development. Th e US has committed nearly $10 billion to procure …

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Top 10 Pharmaceutical Companies in 2019

Roche: With a turnover of $53 billion, Swiss company Roche is the biggest pharmaceutical company in the world. The company is at the forefront of oncology, immunology, neuroscience, ophthalmology, and infectious diseases. Its biggest products are Ocrevus (for multiple sclerosis), Hemlibra (for haemophilia A), Tecentriq (for urothelial carcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, …

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THE VACCINES ARE HERE

  According to The New York Times’ “Corona Vaccine Tracker”, till Nov 17, 2020, there are 54 vaccines in clinical trials on humans, and at least 87 preclinical vaccines that are under active investigation in animals. Till date, 38 potential vaccines for COVID-19 are undergoing Phase 1 trials (safety and …

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COVID-19 and its Long-term Health Implications

The growing evidence suggests that coronavirus, which was originally thought to impact only the respiratory tract, can cause damages to other vital organs like the heart, kidneys, liver, and the brain. Though the studies on long-term effects of COVID-19 are still scant, and the medical fraternity doesn’t know whether one …

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COVID-19: Chances of Re-infection

In the case of a viral infection, the body’s first protective action is a non-specific innate response, where macrophages, neutrophils, and dendritic cells slow the progress of the pathogen and may even prevent any symptoms from occurring. The next protective action is an adaptive response (cellular immunity), with the body …

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Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19: Brief Review of Current Evidence

Words by Sargam Raja Mahat, PharmD; Digbijay Raja Mahat, PhD; Yug Bijay Mahat, MD; and Subhas Bijay Mahat, MBBS Introduction Our world has been battling against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus – 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of Coronavirus Disease – 19 (COVID-19), as this pandemic has spurred a global health …

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Me and My Lockdown Me-Time

They say the hardest person to live with is yourself. I totally agree. I compared myself to a popcorn, bubbling with so much energy and zest for life. C’mon, look around, there’s so much to do, so much to learn, so many people to meet. I felt like 24 hours …

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